Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Wild Intelligence: An Interview with Lost & Found editor M. C. Kinniburgh about her new book on poets' libraries

Lost & Found Editor Ammiel Alcalay interviews Lost & Found Editor Mary Catherine Kinniburgh on the origins and journey from CUNY Graduate Center student and Lost & Found scholar to her present position as partner with Granary Booksand the book that she wrote along the way. Her new book Wild Intelligence: Poets' Libraries and the Politics of Knowledge in Postwar America published by UMass Press in collaboration with Lost & Found Elsewhere takes up case studies of four poets and their libraries: Charles Olson, Diane di Prima, Gerrit Lansing, and Audre Lorde.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

No Research About Us, Without Us: Discussing the Public Science Project’s Community-Based Research Practice with Co-Founder Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine, co-founder of the Public Science Project at The Graduate Center, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about about the work that the Public Science Project does, Critical Participatory Action Research as an epistemology shaping publicly engaged research commitments, as well as how the task of collaborating with communities demands researchers to center their accountabilities.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Value of Early and Diverse Public Engagement: An Interview with Linda Alcoff, Co-Director of the Mellon Public Humanities Program at Hunter College

Linda Martín Alcoff, co-director of the Mellon Public Humanities Program at Hunter College, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about encouraging students to think about publicly engaged work early in their educational trajectories, while also emphasizing that publicly engaged humanities projects are not necessarily funnels into graduate school.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Blue Humanities: Interview with Eric Dean Wilson

I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Dean Wilson, author of After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort, and Teaching Fellow in the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research through the Center for Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Eric gave insight on the fascinating intersections of environmental humanities, discussing his recently published book from conception through publication.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Embracing Your Whole Self through Your Public Commitments: An Interview with Kendra Sullivan

Kendra Sullivan, Director of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about the potentials and practices of public humanities including how they break down the binary of inside/outside academia, integrating the manifold expertise each person brings toward this work, and building institutional structures that support publicly engaged scholarship.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Meet the Mindscapes 2022 Cohort

In this post, Mindscapes Graduate Research Assistants Helena Najm and Dunni Oduyemi introduce the Mindscapes project and the rest of their cohort at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A CUNY Public Humanities Map

In this blog post, Aurash Khawarzad describes a creative mapping project, The Public Humanities Map, which charts the scope and relationships among publicly engaged humanities work across CUNY and our Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Uses of Blue-Sky Thinking in an Imperfect World (of Graduate Education)

In this essay, Michelle May-Curry, Project director of Humanities for All, reflects on a session from The Graduate Education at Work in the World conference, in which session organizer Kristen Galvin invited participants to not only chart existing public humanities initiatives but also to engage in blue-sky thinking around what this work could look like and do in a world without practical restrictions. Here, May-Curry extends Galvin's invitation to a broader consideration of the field of public humanities and how this more unhindered thinking can yield surprisingly practicable solutions as well as means of illuminating the challenges and obstacles to producing publicly engaged scholarship.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Podcasting and Pedagogy

Sociology scholar Ellen Meiser shares an essay discussing the pedagogical possibilities of using podcasts and audio material as a tool in college classrooms and how she has employed them while teaching asynchronously during the Covid-19 pandemic. Connecting this teaching approach with her work as co-host of the sociology-focused podcast The Social Breakdown, Meiser makes a case for how bringing other voices and sounds into the classroom through podcasts can "show not only what our world sounds like, but also how it feels."

A photo of a blurry zoom screen on a laptop setting on a table with a coffee cup in the foreground.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Creating Space within Constraints: A Reflection on Conference Planning in a Pandemic

In this reflection, GC PhD student and Futures Initiative Fellow Cihan Tekay writes about her experience of co-organizing the conference "Graduate Education at Work in the World." She narrates the process of having to adapt not only structures but also expectations––that themselves reflect the conditions under which academic work is performed pre- and post-pandemic––in re-conceiving a physical convening as a series of remote gatherings. She also discusses how the conference's presentations––on topics ranging from prioritizing accessibility in research formats to creating digital primary sources in college classrooms––reflect back on what it means to organize a virtual conference.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

“Love is the most subversive praxis.” On reading together as a working of love

In this interview, Ángeles Donoso Macaya and Marco Saavedra discuss their work creating a collaborative public syllabus that traces Saavedra's constellation of influences and proposes reading together as "an(other) act of love." At the heart of their conversation is a question of how love is a constitutive element of both collaboration and liberation.

A scan of a yellow notebook page shows handwritten notes in cursive that read, for instance: "To vision anything clearly and to charge it w/ sufficient energy infuse it w/ will..."; "To charge w/ sufficient energy: the best conveyors of human energy are the emotions & of all the emotions, love".
Friday, March 5, 2021

The Craft We Didn't Learn: Retroactive Writing Advice from the Archives

Lost & Found editors Iris Cushing, Megan Paslawski, and Zohra Saed discuss with L&F Publisher Kendra Sullivan what they've learned about writing through working in the archives of Diane di Prima, Marty Korte, Lucia Berlin, and Langston Hughes, as a continuation of their discussion for the 2021 AWP conference. Among many things, they reflect on the 'magic transmissions' of poetry, thought, and communication between the living and dead, archival research as 'pushing a hand through the veil of time,' and "the extreme 'outside' at the very heart of life."

Friday, January 29, 2021

Meet the Mellon Seminar Cohort: Ángeles Donoso Macaya

In this interview, Ángeles Donoso Macaya and Queenie Sukhadia discuss questions and concerns arising from Ángeles's project Archives in Common, including how to share "knowledges, experiences, and memories [of immigrant communities] in a way that is non-extractive, where these knowledges, experiences, and memories don’t then become data," the relationship of these forms of sharing to mutual aid, and imperatives to transform both the university and practices of academic work.

Mae West appears, with her platinum blonde hair and a large shiny hat, smiling at a young girl with a bob haircut and holding her hand.
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Researching—Mae West—in the 2020 Pandemic

In this report, Carolyn A. McDonough gives an overview of the activities of the team of GC-based research assistants working on Virginia Heath's in-progress documentary, Mae West –– The Constant Sinner. In addition to dispatches from each of the research assistants, whose work has been both upended and productively reoriented by the Covid-19 pandemic, director Virginia Heath provides an account of the how her process and vision for the film has changed and developed over the last year.

A colorful painting by Paul Klee shows a series of imprecisely interlocking geometric shapes such as rectangles, squares, and triangles, oriented both horizontally and vertically, resembling a pattern on a quilt. A series of angular lines jut from a black circle in the center of the painting, suggesting a rotating motion. A black arrow points toward the right edge of the frame.
Monday, January 25, 2021

Flipping It Horizontal

In this essay, GC PhD student and educator Katherine E. Entigar reflects on the process of working collaboratively with pre-service teaching students to shift parameters, timelines, expectations, and notions of participation in their shared classroom, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, redefining education as necessarily determined by realities in students' lives outside the classroom, Entigar writes about how the class sought to create a horizontal structure among teachers and students.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Meet the Mellon Seminar Cohort: Yarimar Bonilla

In this interview, Mellon Seminar Faculty Lead Yarimar Bonilla and Queenie Sukhadia discuss Yarimar's project, The Puerto Rico Syllabus, along with the importance of "valuing public scholarship as scholarship" and conceiving of one's work as inseparable from the communities in which it is situated.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Meet the Mellon Seminar Cohort: Chloë Bass

In this interview, Mellon Seminar Faculty Lead Chloë Bass discusses her project "Here and Not There" with Queenie Sukhadia, as well as the responsibilities of the public university, how to make research accessible to non-academic audiences, and how the resources of the university can be used "towards a larger good rather than controlled through scarcity mentalities and ongoing austerity."